Tristan und Isolde. It surfaces again in this latest exhibit at Redbud Gallery, "Michael Meads: Der Liebestod and Other Drawings." After Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding ruined his life’s work, Meads fled to the driest place he could imagine – New Mexico – where he now creates his amazing detailed masterpieces. The exhibit includes the ten foot by 14 foot “Der Liebestod,” a year in the making, as well as smaller studies for the piece. “It has to be seen in person. You can move back and forth and get the full scale of it and move closer to get the detail,” says Meads. “With my stuff you’re watching an opera rather than viewing a scene. It’s more of a theatrical production and almost all of it takes place in and around New Orleans.” We’ve seen the work and a stop at Redbud should be on everybody’s bucket list this fall.
Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. September 9. Continuing Noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. September 9 through October 1. 303 East 11th. For information, call 713-862-2532 or visit redbudgallery.com. Free.
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